Christopher Newport University’s President Announces Retirement Plans


NEWPORT NEWS—After serving as CNU president for more than 26 years, Paul Trible recently sent a video message to the campus community announcing his retirement at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

Trible will serve as Chancellor of the school for one year after his retirement as president. Adelia Thompson will serve as the interim president and CEO while a search committee—including members of the Board of Visitors, faculty, staff, alumni, students, and community leaders—identifies candidates for CNU’s sixth president.

Under President Trible’s guidance, CNU has grown from 2,920 full-time students in 1996 to 4,739 in 2020. The number of residential students went from 381 to 3,810. The four-year graduation rate increased from 11 percent to 69 percent. The operating budget increased from $34 million to $172 million, and endowments raised from $300,000 to $54 million. In addition, the campus has increased in size from 100 acres to 260 acres.

The next president will take the helm in the summer of 2023. Interim president Adelia Thompson will not be considered a candidate for the position but will return to Chief of Staff duties once the new president takes over.